Chicken Sausage & Onion Pasta

Chicken Sausage & Onion Pasta

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From:, April 2018

Convenient fully cooked chicken sausage is a great flavor starter for this easy pasta recipe with just three ingredients you can keep stocked in your freezer or pantry for fast dinners. Just add some sautéed onions and pasta and you have a super-simple meal that the entire family will love.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fully cooked sweet Italian chicken sausage links, thawed if frozen, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat orecchiette pasta or pasta shells
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper


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  1. Bring 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onions; cook, stirring often, until the sausage is browned and onions are tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions. Reserve ½ cup cooking water, then drain the pasta.
  4. Add the pasta to the pan with the sausage and onions. Stir in the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and ¼ cup of the reserved pasta water. Add more of the reserved pasta water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if needed, until you reach desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1½ cups
  • Per serving: 415 calories; 15 g fat(3 g sat); 3 g fiber; 47 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 130 mcg folate; 65 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 202 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 13 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 773 mg sodium; 82 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Folate (32% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 starch, 2 lean protein, 1½ fat, 1 vegetable

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